Religion: March 2004 Archives

Defining a term

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The reader mentioned in the post below did not define the term 'traditional' - but from correspondance I would like to posit what I think was meant by that term.
I think that it means a Catholic who is in agreement with and obedient to the Magisterium, both the ordinary and the extraordinary. This person, when faced with a question of faith, morals, or practice would consult the Catechism of the Catholic Church to see just what the church actually teaches on the matter. This person prefers that liturgies be conducted according to the norms of the General Instructions of the Roman Missal, and has strong opinions about the proper conduct of worship.
A traditional Catholic probably has an attachment to various traditions (and Tradition) including the Rosary, veneration of the saints (especially the BVM), the Stations of the Cross, daily prayer both formulaic and spontaneous. He or she sees being Catholic as an integral part of self, not just something frosted on the top. The precepts of the church, the works of mercy, the Sacraments, are all very important to his or her daily life.
This person also would recognize that Catholicism is incarnational, and that God gave us the things of this earth for proper use and enjoyment. This contrasts to the Puritan (Jansenist) appproach. Hence some of the blogs on cooking, drinking, cigars, poetry, healthy sexuality, etc. The stress here would be on the proper order and the natural law.
In seeming contrast to enjoyment of the gifts of God (but actually more complementary) is the reminder that 'dust we are, and to dust we shall return', with a necessary attention to mortification and alsmgiving.
I could go on for a long time here - but I would appreciate your feedback!

A Reader asks:

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"One thing I'm curious about -- leaving judgements of wisdom and quality aside, why is traditional Catholicism so much better represented in the blogosphere than other varieties?"
Do any of y'all have any insights on this?

Tell me it ain't so!

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Monsignor Cormac Burke Gives Tips for a Happy Union

NAIROBI, Kenya, MARCH 27, 2004 ( Marriage is one of God's most intensive schools of love, where he wishes to train most of his pupils.

So says Monsignor Cormac Burke, an Opus Dei priest and former judge of the Roman Rota who teaches anthropology at Strathmore University here.

brief comment

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I saw the Passion of the Christ last Saturday. I am not ready to blog on it yet, but I do want to say something a little offhand.
Right now we are listening to EWTN's special on TPOTC (I say listen, because it is on my dh's computer and I am not looking at the pix). As part of the special, they are broadcasting excepts with the vocals in aramaic or whatever language it was in at the theatre. I was momentarily surprised not to understand what was being said!

Marriage and road bumps

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I think that I have gotten more comments on Marriage Woes than on any other entry I have made. Obviously, it has touched sore spots in all our hearts. Over at Sleepy Mommies, several good comments were left. Go on over and read them.
Any one who has been married for a while knows that there are bumps in the road. Up here in New Hampshire I have been introduced to a road hazard that I had never before encountered - the frost heave. Apparently, the vegetation and so on that is under the roads absorbs moisture during the wet seasons, and then when it freezes it causes the roadway to rise up in unpredictable ways, creating a hazard to navigation. It gave me a great analogy to what can happen in a marriage, especially in a hostile climate.

Attention Canadian readers

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what saint are you?

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Saint Bonaventure is praying for you! To learn more about this eloquent saint go to the Patron Saint Index at Catholic Forum

Which Saint Would You Be?
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new link

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I've added Sister Christer to the blogroll. I do admit to some reservations, though, given that she lists the Da Vinci Code as 'brain food'. Brain rot, I would say!

on vocation


read what Steven of Flos Carmeli has to say.

Nice quiz!


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You are St Brigid's Cross: St. Brigid is an Irish saint who hand-wove a cross,out of rushes she found by the river. She made the cross while explaining the passion of our Lord to a pagan man.

What Kind of Cross are You?
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Written by MaryH of ever new. Link found at Flos Carmeli

Sunday thought is up!


over at Apologia

please pray!


Lord, save your people and bless your inheritance...
I just learned that EWTN hostess and writer Johnette Benkovic has lost her son to an accident. He had just returned from Iraq....

Proud to be Catholic


flash movie from Catholic Exchange.

you have to read this!


Save Marriage? It's Too Late.


The Pill made same-sex nuptials inevitable
A great article - from a Protestant minister in Tennessee.

Defense of marriage

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Mark adds Divorce to his series on marriage. It is well worth reading.
I, too, am a child of divorce, but I am also a grandchild of divorce. It really does affect one for life.
Mark thinks that the current crisis in marriage started about 40 years ago (no-fault divorce). I think it actually goes back even farther, to the same movement that lead to the Anglican church's acceptance of contraception. The 'free love' movement caught a large percentage of the 'intelligentsia' starting around 1890.
We have over a hundred years of concerted efforts by some to remove the Holy from Matrimony.

Utah case

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I have had several readers ask me to weigh in on the Utah case. I have been thinking it over, and have come to the conclusion that I don't have enough of the facts to offer a reasoned opinion.
That hasn't stopped a lot of others, though. There is quite a conversation going on over at the Heart, Mind, Soul blog.
My basic concerns are pretty much echoed - I am extremely concerned at the concept that a woman can be forced to undergo a potentially fatal procedure against her will, but I am also extremely concerned that a baby may have died who could have lived.

point to ponder

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What is more important - to worship God in the way that we want to worship Him, or to worship Him the way He wants to be worshipped?

Thanks be to God


Jesus Gil of Santificarnos is safe, and has several posts about the Madrid bombings.



Congratulations, you're a Seraph! A member of the
highest, or first, choir of angels, you are
purity personified- a being of radiant light
and love so powerful that even other angels
find it difficult to look at you. You stand at
the throne of God, where your primary purpose
is to love Him and express that love through

What Order of Angel Are You?
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my 5 seconds of fame

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COMMONWEAL has an opinion on St. Blog's Parish. I suppose I should reply to it eventually, since I did get a brief mention. I will say that I have a big issue with those who would attempt to neatly categorize me or my compadres - for the record, I am neither liberal nor conservative as those views are commonly portrayed. I am not a progressive nor a traditionalist. I submit to the Magisterium of the Church because that is what it means to be Catholic! I will argue matters of taste as just that, but not matters of faith and morals.

Thanks to the Summa Mammas for pointing out this article.

Psalm 95 (part 2)


If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts.
I have been mulling over this psalm (Psalm 95) for a couple of days now. It starts out with rejoicing and glee, and becomes somber. Kind of like the transition from the palms to the passion.
I actually prefer the KJV translation here - I love the phrase "A joyful noise". Children are really accomplished at that, and their joyful noise is just as important as the sounds of sacred silence. God listens to both the joyful noise and the sacred silence.
40 years - the children of Israel wandered for 2 generations because they hardened their hearts and did not trust in the Lord. Lent - Forty days.
My favorite Lenten hymn Forty Days and Forty Nights asks
"Victor in the wilderness, grant we may not faint or fall!"
Lord, help me here. Help me to hear your voice. Take my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh that is Yours.

Psalm 95


1 Come, let us sing joyfully to the LORD; cry out to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us greet him with a song of praise, joyfully sing out our psalms.
3 For the LORD is the great God, the great king over all gods,
4 Whose hand holds the depths of the earth; who owns the tops of the mountains.
5 The sea and dry land belong to God, who made them, formed them by hand.
6 Enter, let us bow down in worship; let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
7 For this is our God, whose people we are, God's well-tended flock. Oh, that today you would hear his voice:
8 Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert.
9 There your ancestors tested me; they tried me though they had seen my works.
10 Forty years I loathed that generation; I said: "This people's heart goes astray; they do not know my ways."
11 Therefore I swore in my anger: "They shall never enter my rest."

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